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Martin Oduor-Otieno, Founder - The Leadership Group Ltd.

Martin Oduor-Otieno is currently an Independent Business Advisor, Executive Coach and Accredited Governance Auditor. He is Founder and CEO of The Leadership Group Limited under which he provides these services. Prior to this he worked with Deloitte East Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he served as Partner, Financial Services Industry from May 2013 until December 2015.


Between October 2005 and December 2012 he worked at Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group, initially as Deputy CEO before becoming the Chief Executive Officer and member of the various Group and Subsidiary company boards. Prior to this he spent 11 years at Barclays Bank, in various senior positions in Kenya and South Africa. He is well versed with the African business landscape. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance & Planning and The Treasury in the Government of Kenya between 1999 and 2001.


He currently sits as Non Executive Director on the Boards of Standard Bank Group, East African Breweries Limited, British American Tobacco Kenya Limited, GA Life Insurance Co as well as the International Senate of SOS Kinderdof and SOS Children’s Villages Kenya. He has served previously as Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
He has been awarded the national recognition, CBS as well as an honorary Doctor of Business Leadership degree by KCA University for his contribution to national development and to sound leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi, an Executive MBA from ESAMI/Maastritch Business Schools and is an Alumni of the Harvard Business School’s AMP. He is also Fellow of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, a member of Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and Institute of Directors of Kenya.


Martin has a passion for leadership, governance, mentor-ship and coaching and in 2012, launched his biography titled...."Beyond the Shadows of my Dream" which is available on Amazon.

Geoffrey Odundo, Chief Executive Officer - Nairobi Securities Exchange Ltd.

Geoffrey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. He is an accomplished Investment Banker who has been in the financial services sector for the last 24 years, 17 of which have been in the Capital Markets, including roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.

Geoffrey has advised on a number of corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors, including the asset management industry. He has contributed to the growth of the capital markets in his previous role in the Kenya Association of Investment Banks, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and on the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

He is currently a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation Limited (Ltd). He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University (USIU), and a Degree in Mathematics and Economics.

Titilope Olajide, Head, People and Change - KPMG East Africa

Titilope is an experienced consultant with about twelve years’ experience at KPMG. She has multi-sector experience, cutting across areas such as Strategic Human Resources Management, Business Process Improvement, Corporate and BU Strategy Articulation/ Refinement, and Project Management. 

Over the course of her career, she has built deep skills in Strategic HR advisory and has led and participated in several multi-sector HR consulting engagements in the following areas: HR strategy review and articulation, organisation design, career management, talent management, leadership development, internal capability alignment, culture and change management, executive employee performance management implementation, succession planning, HR function optimisation and integration. She leads the People and Change Business in KPMG East Africa.

Philip Sakwa, Group Head of HR – CSquared

Philip has 10 years’ experience in a hi-tech environment, after this time he thought that he had mastered the art of dealing with millennials, but he states that he has come to a realisation that every day is a learning curve in this world. With a career spanning over almost 20 years, working in media, transport, local government (UK), banking and hi-tech (East Africa), hi-tech (Sub Saharan Africa). Philip is a change driver having successfully steered various changes that includes mergers and acquisitions, right sizing and organisational structure alignment and currently transitioning a Google-incubated company to become a fully independent pan-African hi-tech player. With a post graduate degree in HR, Philip also has a passion in mentoring younger professionals in focusing their careers. He is also a counsellor in his spare time focusing on teen in venerable environments.

 

Irene Kamau, Group Head of HR - Commercial Bank of Africa

Irene is the Group Head of Human Re-sources for Commercial Bank of Africa. She is a Senior HR practitioner and a Certified Executive Coach with over fifteen years’ HR Leadership experience spent broadly delivering business transformation through people in local and blue-chip company environments. She has worked in the banking and oil industry, with such companies as Barclays Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Caltex/ Chevron Texaco and currently Commercial Bank of Africa, in various roles covering East and West Africa.

Sammy Chepkwony, Human Resources Director, East Africa - Aga Khan University Hospital

Sammy Chepkwony has extensive, diversified and hands-on experience in all areas of Human Resources Management and Organizational Development. He has reviewed and improved the effectiveness of numerous private and public organizations, established and restructured complete Human Resources functions for several large organizations across East Africa while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
 
Currently a Director at PeopleCentric, Sammy has been HR Director for organisations such as Kenya Airways PLC, Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd, James Finlay Kenya Ltd, Magadi Soda Company and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Nairobi (Nairobi Bottlers Ltd).
 
A graduate of the University of Nairobi (both undergraduate and postgraduate), he is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Resources Management and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has attended numerous courses locally and overseas on leadership, human resources and business management. He has also been a speaker in various conferences and seminars.
 

Rose Mwaura, Marketing & Business Development Manager - Federation of Kenya Employers

Rose Mwaura is an intelligent mature Business Management Professional with a wealth of experience in sales and marketing, as well as total management of business operations. She holds 15+ years of working expertise in both the fast-moving consumer goods and the service industries.

 She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Management with Management University of Africa (MUA). Rose holds an MBA, Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from Daystar University, having majored in Administration & Management and minor in Marketing. She is a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and an Executive Diploma in Industrial Relations from United States International University- Africa in collaborations with FKE among other trainings.

Rose is an all-round expert who balances both qualitative and quantitative skills in an impactful delivery. She excels at program management, lobbying and advocacy, public relations, budget planning and adherence, people development, resource mobilization, corporate communication, skills-based training and mentoring.

Rose is passionate about influencing the world professionally and socially through imparting new skills and knowledge in management training programs and networking forums. She is involved in National TVETA curriculum development and her contribution being in the area of value life skills and soft skills. She is also a Board member at Daystar University Alumni Association and very instrumental in chapter and Projects development.  She is motivated by formulating and implementing of marketing, business and communication strategies which are geared towards the achievement of corporate goals and culture of customer service excellence.

For the last five years, she has been involved in developing and implementing membership management programs, business development initiatives, corporate communication strategies, marketing strategies, resource mobilisation, building both local and international partnership portfolio, public relations events and activities, and training employers on customer service excellence best practices while    formulating and successfully implementing programs that enhance customer service excellence delivery.

She spends her free time building her knowledge on various fields through reading books of interest and networking with youths while mentoring them on employability skills.

Bryan Sun, Managing Director, East and South Africa – Nielsen

Bryan Sun currently serves as Managing Director at Nielsen, where he is responsible for leading the South, East, and West Africa businesses. He has extensive experience in the consumer goods industry, gained from working in many diverse, international markets and at a major global retailer.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Sun has served in numerous roles across Africa, most recently as Senior Vice President: Africa Operations, Managing Director: Africa Client Service Commercial Operations, and before that, as Managing Director: Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Nigeria).  Since joining Nielsen in 2007, Mr. Sun has worked across global markets and brands across Africa, the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Greater China, as well as serving as the lead for Nielsen’s regional relationship with Unilever Asia.  Prior to Nielsen, Mr. Sun worked for Carrefour China. 

He holds an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BA from Bucknell University. He speaks native English and conversational Chinese
 

Benard Ambasa, Head of HR, Kenya - Tullow Oil

Benard has a Bachelor of Education (Arts) Honours Degree from Kenyatta University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from United States International University, in Nairobi. He also has a Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), Nairobi. I am a trained and Certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT), a Certified Safety, Health & Environment Professional.

Previously, he was the Assistant Director, HR Human Resource Business Partner, Policy & Regulation Division in the Central Bank of Kenya. Prior to joining Central Bank, I was the Group Human Resources Manager for Sovereign Group Limited, which is an investment Group with portfolios spanning various strategic sectors of the Kenyan economy including but not limited to mining, security, hospitality, horticulture/floriculture, manufacturing, insurance, agriculture, media, trade and real estate. It is in Sovereign Group that I successfully conducted organization restructuring through HR intervention.

Benard is passionate about people development and has a host of young and middle level professionals in HR and other professions that he is mentoring. Benard actively participate in a number of community initiatives namely: Convener of Career Speakers Forum; Patron of former Primary School; Chair of a local Church Development Committee; Vice Chair of a local Bursary Fund Initiative among others.

Angela Gachui, Africa Talent Manager - Dalberg

Angela is responsible for 8 locations, where she provides oversight on matters related to the articulation and implementation of a regional talent management strategy that is driven by the firm’s mission, vision and values; Angela also coaches, guides and provides thought partnership to in-country HR teams, Partners, Managers and staff as they experience the employee lifecycle. With 17 offices; 8 in Africa, diversity and inclusion is central to Dalberg’s mission; and ensuring this value is upheld is central to Angela’s role.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Angela established and ran her own boutique strategy and talent management advisory firm, Triple Bottom Line Associates, and had a number of HR/Talent focused roles at Seven Seas Technologies, PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya and Mars Canada (– yes! The chocolate people!)

Angela holds an MPA with a focus on International Policy and Management, from New York University - Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A (Hons) in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Abdul Kibuuka, Head of Human Resources - Tullow Uganda at Tullow Oil Plc

Abdul is the executive director and founding director of True North. He has 15 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry and is a member of the oil & gas sector skills council and chairperson of the $2m world bank bursary scheme task force. He is a senior consultant on national content matters in the oil & gas sector in Uganda and senior HR consultant for both private and public-sector organizations. Abdul is also a former president of the human resource managers’ association of Uganda.

Rachel Muthoga, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - KEPSA

Rachel is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Having studied Law at the University of Nairobi, Rachel was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in May 2006. With over 10 years’ experience, Rachel pursued her Masters studies in International Legal Studies at the Washington DC at Georgetown University where she focused on Human Rights. 

She is the immediate former Executive Director at Moving the Goalposts, and has worked in a number of local and international organisations focusing on development and financial inclusion. Rachel was recognised by the Business Daily in 2015 in their Top 40 Under 40 Women Award.

Martin Mugambi, Group Executive Director, Commercial Bank of Africa

Martin is a classically trained and goal-oriented professional banker of Kenyan background with 20 years of international and African corporate finance and investment banking experience and, leadership in preeminent global financial services organizations. Martin is currently the Group Executive Director at Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) Group, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. Prior to CBA, Martin worked for Citibank N.A. for 15 years in various capacities, including as the CEO & Managing Director for Citibank Zambia Limited for 2 years, as well as the MD & Head of Corporate Finance in Citi’s Sub-Saharan Africa business based in South Africa. Martin has a MBA in Finance as well as a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc.) in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

 

Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher, and Managing Director, IC Publications

Omar joined the IC Group in March 2003, working across various departments. Having previously been an Associate Vice President in the Equity Finance team at Merrill Lynch, Omar brought a new and dynamic approach to IC Publications. He helped launch African Banker magazine and also the events department. He holds an Honours degree in Languages and Economics and a chartered management accountant qualification.

Angie Garcia-Forner, Director Consultant Coach, Garcia Forner Consulting

“I believe that people are the real power behind change, and that each one of us has the potential to create a positive impact in the world.”

Angie is the Founder and Director of Garcia Forner Consulting Ltd, a company registered in UK (2014) and Kenya (2016) helping individuals and organisations unleash their potential and generate the impact they want to see. The company provides strategic and transformational Human Resource and Coaching services. We help our clients generate new possibilities and accelerate their transformation by challenging the status quo. Our approach to work is based on a global perspective adapted to local reality. Our work is inspired by optimism, connection to others, excellence and integrity, and our motto is 'performing BEYOND the box'.

In Kenya, Angie’s Consulting clients have included organisations like MP Shah and Jambopay, and FinTech companies Umati Capital and MODE; current clients include a food production company, a conglomerate of companies in manufacturing and services, and a FinTech company; the assignments have ranged from Talent Management, Executive Recruitment, Performance Management and Coaching to more holistic strategic HR transformation projects.

From a Coaching perspective, Angie has coached a number of senior professionals and entrepreneurs in Kenya, across public and corporate sectors, within her specialisation in transformational Performance Coaching (including Executive Coaching, Career Coaching and Business Coaching). As a Coach Angie is passionate about supporting leaders to enhance their performance, especially in cases where the individual is undertaking a personal transition, and help individuals feel empowered towards realising their life purpose. Coaching clients have been either private individuals, corporate executives and Angie has been collaborating as well with Strathmore Business School assisting as an Adjunt Coach for the MBA and MPPM programs.

Prior to her being based in Kenya, Angie’s corporate career as HR professional encompasses over 14 years of experience in financial services industry in London, both as a HR generalist and recruitment specialist, in diverse UK and EMEA wide roles. During this time she worked extensively with internal clients across revenue generating areas within Banking; her roles were always strongly based on relationship management and she was also a manager of others within the recruitment teams. Her experience in Banking extends across different organisations: Citi, Credit Suisse/AMS, UBS Investment Bank and lastly HSBC.

Her most recent corporate employer was Citi where she held EMEA wide accountability HR positions supporting up to 55 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa, firstly as Regional Resourcing Partner for Citi Markets & Research and later on as a Regional Business Partner looking after part of the Corporate Bank as a generalist. Previously she has held several positions at UBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse across Graduate and Professional Recruitment managing the recruitment strategy, operations and teams recruiting for revenue generating functions.

Prior to working in the private sector, Angie served two years as fulltime Director of AIESEC International and President of AIESEC in Spain respectively, an international not-for-profit organisation promoting cultural understanding through international exchange of students. 

Angie holds a MA in Human Resources Management from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Translation & Interpreting from the Universitat Jaume I in Spain. She is a Chartered Member CIPD (UK). She completed HOGAN and SHL assessment certifications. She is currently completing her Diploma in Life & Personal Performance Coaching (PPD) by The Coaching Academy (UK). She is Spanish/Catalan native and speaks English and French to business level. Angie has dual Spanish and British nationality and she is in possession of Permanent Residence status in Kenya. In 2017 she has also graduated from Cohort 7 of the Female Future programme, designed and imparted by the Kenya Federation of Employers to increase and enhance female leadership in Boards.

She is married to a Kenyan national and has two sons. She enjoys cooking, travelling and anything related to art; Angie is also an active member of the community: mentoring with the Precious Sisters Charity, a charity supporting secondary education for girls in Kenya and previously in UK the Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business Mentorship Programme.
 

Fred Gituku, Human Resources Manager, Vivo Energy Kenya

Fred Gituku is the Human Resources Manager of Vivo Energy Kenya Limited, and a board member of the company. Prior to this he was Chief Human Resources Officer for Telkom-Orange Kenya. His fourteen year HR experience straddles a variety of sectors in among other companies: ExxonMobil; Strategic Leadership Centre International Ltd and Lloyds TSB Bank. He was one of the Business Daily's ‘Top 40 under 40’ male professionals in Kenya in 2012.

Fred is an Executive Coach, especially focusing on career issues, having graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), in 2016. He is regularly invited to speak on career and workplace-related issues in various organisations among them corporates and universities. He contributes to a weekly HR column on Fridays in the Daily Nation newspaper.

He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK. He is an Independent Trustee of Zamara Fanaka Retirement Fund, an umbrella retirement scheme that brings together over 30,000 employees from more than 180 companies.